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Key Strategies to Support Remote Employees to Use Wellness Benefits

HR Tech Outlook | Friday, April 16, 2021

Both remote and on-site workers profit from this approach, allowing them to access information and resources whenever and wherever they want.

FREMONT, CA: Making it convenient and meaningful for remote workers to engage in an organization's wellness programs can make them feel more connected to the organization and enhance their physical and mental health and well-being. It is vital to ensure that these employees feel like they are a critical part of the company and that they maintain contact with their coworkers. This has a significant impact on employee satisfaction, efficiency, and retention.

Here are three strategies to support remote employee engagement with wellness offerings.

Provide wellness offerings that translate well to live streaming and video content:

Ensure that remote workers can easily participate via video chat while organizing wellness lunch and learning workshops, conferences, demos, and classes. Remind the presenter to invite remote members to participate entirely by asking interaction and questions. If you have remote workers in various time zones, record the event and give them a link to watch it when it's convenient for them.

Build an online wellness resource library:

Both remote and on-site workers profit from this approach, as it allows them to access information and resources whenever and wherever they want. Details about the company's well-being and fitness benefits, as well as how to access them, can be found in the library. Remote workers should be able to ask questions of the HR staff, make suggestions for potential programs and benefits, and get answers to commonly asked questions about health offerings via the library, which can be more interactive by using a chatbot or live chat with an HR team member if possible.

Build relationships between remote and in-person employees by teaming them up for wellness challenges and events:

One problem that remote employees report struggling with, especially during the pandemic, is a sense of isolation. Create wellness-based workplace tasks and pair remote and in-person staff on each team to overcome the feeling of isolation. Employees can go on virtual walks together, take a yoga break together during the workday, or check-in at regular intervals to share their health achievements and challenges, either over the phone or via video chat.

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